Johor Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Executive Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong (centre) at the opening of the Muar Nam Ann Association's 37th anniversary. Pix by Chong Chee Seong

MUAR: The Johor government has formulated specific development blueprint for each district in the state, including Muar.

State Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Executive Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said these blueprints would ensure a fair distribution of wealth, prosperity and balanced growth in the state.

He said the government also encouraged the growth of small industries such as food and beverages in Muar, fresh fish in Parit Jawa, fruits in Bukit Pasir, vegetables in Bukit Gambir and lobsters in Panchor.

Tee said these specialities would woo more tourists to the towns.

"Johor is expecting a bright future with more investments coming to the state. This clearly shows that investors have trust and confidence in the economic and political stability in the country," he said at the opening of the Muar Nam Ann Association's 37th anniversary, its youths' 33rd anniversary and Wanita's 21st anniversary at a restaurant here last night.

More than 1,500 people attended the function, including community leaders and association members from other states.

Tee said the strengthening of Malaysia-China relationship would bring more investments from foreign countries, and the strategic partnership with China was not a threat to the survival of local businesses or employment opportunities.

Tee said domestic and foreign investments in Johor continued to grow, despite global economic downturn.

"We welcome foreign investments to stimulate growth and create more jobs."

He called on the people to cooperate with the government to achieve continuous development, racial unity and harmony, peace and security to further strengthen the country's economy and prosperity.

"More universities and skill training institutes have been established to equip Malaysians with advanced knowledge on high technology and modern management skills to provide a pool of talented human capital to woo more investors," said Tee.

Earlier, association chairman Datuk Sia Kia Tuan said the country's development was due chiefly on the economic and political stability in the country.

He said Muar was a good place for investment as it has good infrastructural development and it was located close to Singapore.

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